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Monthly Archives: October 2016

  • New Infamous Second Son Pro Patch Landed

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    A new patch for Infamous Second Son has been launched and it makes a number of changes to support the new PS4 Pro console. The new patch also applies to the standalone DLC pack Infamous First Light.

    Firstly, the patch for Infamous Second Son is a total of 3.6GB in size and it simply features a texture and frame rate update. The new update now allows PS4 Pro owners to play in HDR and 4K resolution.

    The Infamous First Light patch on the other hand is a little smaller, weighing in at 2.5GB and essentially provides the same HDR and 4K resolution support. The new updates for both versions of Infamous don't upscale the original textures, either. The developers have revisited the game to offer brand new 4K resolution textures - the detail and quality on these textures will certainly surpass that of the previous texture quality by a long shot.

    According to the developers, the new 4K resolution for Infamous Second Son look absolutely phenomenal. Jason Connel, from Sucker Punch, the developer behind Infamous mentioned that, "The powers look amazing. Delsin's smoke powers and Fetch's neon powers are particularly impressive."

    "Watching the original effects now in 4K and HDR, I notice details I didn't even know existed. For example, when Fetch does a ground pound, waves of brilliantly flickering particles erupt in all directions. We even improved photo-mode to let you pause on powers. My favorite is winding up Fetch's ultimate neon bomb and then quickly activating photo mode to pause and observe the thousands of emissive particles bits forming around her."

  • Free Battlefield 1 Map Hitting in December

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    Whilst there is already a lot of future DLC content up for grabs for Battlefield 1 players, DICE are planning to release a free playable map in December. The new map will not cost players a single penny, and even those that have not purchased the season pass will get access to the map the day it is released.

    The new map coming to Battlefield 1 in December is called Giant's Shadow and it will be themed after the Battle of Selle, which took place along the Selle River in France. This particular battle happened in 1918 for 7 days from October 17th to October 25th. The Battle of Selle was the very beginning of the end of World War 1.

    On top of announcing the new Battlefield 1 map, DICE released an infographic sharing details about the recent Battlefield 1 betas that happened before the game was released. The infographic shared details about total participating players and player class selection. Out of the 13.2 million players that took part in the beta, 30% of players took the assault class, 28% took the scout class, 21% took the support class and a surprising 10% took the medic class.

    During the beta, a total of 28.9 melee kills were made and 62.2 million kills were made from the back of a horse. This compared to just 23.8 million vehicular splatter kills.

    Now that the game has released, we're definitely going to see more interesting stats and infographics from DICE based on the full version of Battlefield 1.

  • New Diablo 3 Class Announced

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    Blizzcon 2016 has been a feature packed event so far - we've received details about World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and now Diablo 3.

    Blizzard has confirmed that a brand new class will be coming to Diablo 3. Whilst the class will be new the third game, it's not completely new to the series. The class is called the necromancer and it will be able to summon a large number of creatures to use as a means of defense and attack.

    The Necromancer class is something that fans have been asking for since the release of the game in 2012 so it's great to see the class finally make it's way into Diablo 3 in 2016.

    The new Diablo 3 Necromancer class will come to all players that own the Reaper of Souls expansion in 2017. If players do not own the expansion they'll be able to purchase it to unlock the class. This is something similar to what Blizzard have done in the past with new classes, so essentially the Necromancer class is coming as a free content update.

    The Necromancer will be able to use a lot of abilities similar to the original Necromancer in Diablo 3 - if you miss being able to summon an army of skeletons to help you fight then you're going to absolutely love Diablo 3 in 2017.

    Blizzard is planning to release more information about the Necromancer and future Diablo 3 content updates in the near future in an exclusive Diablo 3 panel.

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Coming Fall 2017

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    It seemed as if it was inevitable. After the huge amount of attention the idea for a Red Dead Redemption sequel got, Rockstar has finally gone and released a new trailer for their next game, Red Dead Redemption 2.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released in Fall 2017, so long as there aren't any delays that may push it back. Rockstar are known to delay their games in cases where everything isn't quite perfect, so Fall 2017 is for now, best seen as an estimation for the release date of the game.

    We really don't know anything about Red Dead Redemption 2 yet, besides the fact that it looks beautiful. Unsurprisingly the trailer has showcased an unprecedented level of Rockstar style detail on the wildlife and scenery.

    The trailer also showcases a group of seven characters riding horses near the end, which perfectly matches the number shown on the original teaser poster. Whilst this is speculation on our part, it sounds like the seven characters may be at the forefront of the singleplayer portion of Red Dead Redemption 2.

    The trailer also has a spine chilling moment where the voice actor for Dutch van der Linde spews out a few lines. Dutch van der Linde simply states, "Listen to me, when the time comes, you gotta run and don't look back. This is over."

    Hopefully we'll see our first gameplay trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 early in 2017.

  • Smash Summit 3 Player Votes are Coming In

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    Smash Summit 3 is going to be huge and we're starting to see the invitation list fill up.

    The full invitation lineup for Smash Summit 3 may not be filled just year, but it has now been confirmed that both Mafia and S2J will be attending the event. This brings the total confirmed player list to 12.

    Mafia had a shot at attending last year's summit but he fell out short and was eliminated from voting. This year will be Mafia's first Smash Summit even so we can expect him to be incredibly pumped for the event.

    So far this year Mafia has placed top 2 at the Apex 2016 event and had a top twelve finish at Super Smash Con earlier this year.

    On the other side of things we have S2J who has been at Smash Summit before. In fact, with an invitation to Smash Summit 3, he will have attended every single Summit since its beginning. So far S2J has represented himself at a variety of events this year, but his best performances were a top 6 finish at EVO 2016 and a top 8 finish at Pound 2016. Hopefully S2J will now have another shot at getting better results at Smash Summit 3 later this year.

    There are still four more spots open for the event, which will make a total of 16 players to attend from November 3 to November 6 in Los Angeles, California. Below the current invitation list for Smash Summit 3 has been posted.

    Adam "Armada" Lindgren
    Jeffery "Axe" Williamson
    Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma
    William "Leffen" Hjelte
    James "Mafia" Lauerman
    Joseph "Mang0" Marquez
    Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman
    Justin "Plup" McGrath
    Johnny "S2J" Kim
    Zachary "SFAT" Cordoni
    DaJuan "Shroomed" McDaniel
    Weston "Westballz" Dennis

  • Daigo Takes EU Win to Advance to Capcom Cup Finals

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    Daigo has taken a win against Phenom in the Capcom Pro Tour European Regional finals to land himself a spot in the Capcom Cup Finals.

    The European Regional was a delight to watch and we saw a variety of players battle it out, some known, some unknown. However, it was all left down to the grand final of the event, where the winning player would be granted an invitation into the upcoming Capcom Cup Finals.

    Daigo unsurprisingly had a great performance throughout the entirety of the European Regional, but so did Phenom, which made for an interesting grand finals match-up. In fact, both players managed to make their way to the Winner's Finals, but Daigo managed to push Phenom into the loser's bracket. Phenom quickly fought it out against Bonchan in the loser's finals in an 3-0 impressive fashion to bring him back into the grand finals.

    To begin with, Phenom's quick win in the loser's finals gave him the momentum he needed to take the first match against Daigo in the grand finals. However, things quickly changed from here. Following Phenom's first victory, Daigo managed to hit out a quick consecutive three wins against Phenom.

    It wasn't a surprise to see the legendary Daigo take the win at the European Regional finals - we'll be seeing him at the Capcom Cup finals, along with some of the other top tier players in Anaheim on December 3. Make sure to check back here before then for more details on the event.

  • Hungrybox is Now a Full Time Smash Player

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    It's exciting news for any potential Smash esports players today because Hungrybox has confirmed he has quit his job to focus on Smash full-time.

    Whilst it has been easier for esports players in other games to make a living, the Smash scene has not yet been lucrative enough in the past to support most players full time. Hungrybox's jump to full time Smash playing is great news to the scene and shows that prize pools and sponsorships are finally becoming large enough to sustain players.

    Having enough money on the line to support players enough for them to be able to play full time will be incredibly important for the health of the Smash Bros scene and we'd hope to see more players follow suit soon.

    Despite Hungrybox's insane ability as a smash player, he has always had to put his full time job first. Recently, Hungrybox was forced to choose between Smash Summit 3 and Big House 6 due a lack of remaining holiday time and this was the turning point for him.

    Hungrybox mentioned on his Twitch stream that, "There comes a time when you have to choose what makes you happy." Hungrybox continued by asking, "Do I want to have maybe a little more money because I'm working a full time job and can save up that money, or do I want to have experienced everything that I truly want to experience?"

    We're glad to see Hungrybox take this bold move in his Smash career. Hopefully it'll benefit him well.

  • New Doom Free Update Launched

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    A brand new free update for Doom has landed and it features a number of interesting new features.

    Firstly, the campaign mode for Doom now has a new scoring mode. The new scoring mode is called Arcade and it will give players score for completing levels as quickly and with as little failures as possible. In arcade mode, all items will be unlocked, so players will be able to make a choice about what to equip themselves with for the best possible outcome.

    The new update also adds new features to the SnapMap level editor. Players will now be able to use assets from the classic Doom games. Not only has ID Software opened the doors for potential Doom classic remakes, but they've released a number of classic style maps that were made from SnapMap for players to try.

    Multiplayer has been given some love too - A new game mode has been added called Possession. It's your typical infected game type where a group of marines have to fight against player-controlled Prowlers. If a marine gets killed, they'll respawn as a Prowler. The game continues until all players are converted or the time limit runs out.

    A new FFA mode has been added to multiplayer too. The new game mode is called Bloodrush - in this, players have a constantly draining meter. If they kill an enemy or get an assist, the meter will temporarily be boosted. If you die, your bar will drain quicker and the in-play bar drain will speed up as the game continues. Once the bar is drained completely, that player is out of the game. The last player standing wins.

  • Dead Rising 4 DLC Features Announced

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    Details for the DLC content for Dead Rising 4 has been announced by Capcom. The upcoming game will feature a number of DLC releases, all of which will be available as part of the deluxe edition.

    Alternatively, players can pick up the standard version of Dead Rising 4 and purchase the season pass in December. The other option is to purchase the base game and then purchase the DLC packs seperately once they are released some time after the launch of Dead Rising 4.

    The first DLC pack for Dead Rising 4 will feature a number of holiday themed items and will be called the Stocking Stuffer Holiday Pack. This first pack will include vehicles, zombies, and costumes, all of which will be based around the holiday theme. The Stocking Stuffer Holiday Pack will most likely launch before the end of 2016.

    The next DLC pack to launch will be golf themed mode. Player can play with up to three of their friends online in an eighteen hole golf course. Instead of water and long grass, zombies will be the obstructions and players will be able to use weapons that Frank West finds in the main game as golf clubs.

    Finally, Dead Rising 4 will get a story-based DLC pack called Frank Rising in which Frank West becomes infected and must find a cure within a certain time period.

    Dead Rising 4 will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10 from December 6.

  • ZeRo Wins Smash 4 at Big House 6

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    Does it come as a surprise to anybody that ZeRo has managed to bag another win at Super Smash Brothers 4 at this year's Big House event?

    Last year, ZeRo managed to take a victory at Big House 5, with just a single loss and this year he followed a similar path.

    To begin with, ZeRo didn't show the best of results - he dropped out of the winner's bracket to ANTi, who at the time was tearing through his opponents like never seen before.

    In fact, ANTi beat VoiD, Mr. E, Komorikiri, and of course ZeRo in incredible fashion before securing his place in the grand finals.

    After ZeRo dropped down to the loser's bracket, things started to ease up for him. ZeRo managed to outplay Tweek, Abadango, and Dabuz. In the Loser's finals, ZeRo took down Komorikiri in an impressive 3-1 battle.

    This put ZeRo against ANTi once again - but this time, ANTi not only had the one game advantage but he also had shown his ability to pummel ZeRo to the ground confidently. ZeRo wasn't taking any of it and managed to destroy ANTi in the first game with a clean 3-0 scoreline. In the second game, ANTi deployed Charizard, Mario, and Cloud in each separate match, but ANTi still couldn't get a single win against ZeRo's impressive Diddy Kong skills.

    ZeRo took the second game with a clean 3-0 scoreline once again, finally securing himself with the Big House 6 win.

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